Centra, UVA Health announce partnership aimed at bringing patient care closer to home

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Health care in Central Virginia is going to get a little bit more convenient due to a new partnership with UVA Health and Centra,

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Centra and UVA Health are announcing a strategic clinical affiliation to increase access to advanced health care and innovative treatments close to home.

Through this new affiliation, the two hospitals will double down on these new areas:

  • Malignant hematology (disorders of blood cells): UVA Health malignant hematology experts will hold regular clinics at Centra’s Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center to consult with patients and local medical oncologists. This strategic collaboration will offer UVA Health’s comprehensive expertise and services in hematologic malignancies (lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma and related cancers of the blood) and access to cutting edge clinical trials of the most promising new therapeutics, accelerating the time to transplant for eligible candidates while reducing patient travel requirements by offering initial consultations and post-treatment care closer to patients’ homes.
  • Kidney transplant: UVA Health transplant specialists will hold clinics in Lynchburg to evaluate patients for kidney transplants. Through these clinics, a nurse navigator will be assigned to coordinate locally-provided health care services with Centra providers before transplant and to coordinate the transfer of care back to Lynchburg nephrologists after transplant. These clinics will improve organ waitlist times and provide expert care where and when patients need it.
  • Recruitment of specialist physicians: UVA Health and Centra will also collaborate on the recruitment of specialist physicians in certain clinical specialties to enhance access to care for these services within the Centra service area. Physician teams from both health systems, including these specialists, will provide joint patient care conferences, share expertise, and offer some services through telemedicine.

Currently, Centra and UVA Health are collaborating on high-risk pregnancies, gynecology-oncology, telestroke and dialysis. This new clinical affiliation will allow them to work together even more closely and efficiently in these areas, while each remains financially and structurally independent.

“I am excited to forge this strategic alliance with Centra, allowing UVA Health to continue to scale our ability to care for more patients closer to where they live,” said Dr. Craig Kent, CEO of UVA Health. “This alliance will enable our clinical experts to partner with local physicians, providing patients with the most innovative treatments available.”

“UVA Health is a leading academic medical center, and whilst it is relatively near Lynchburg, we know that patients want access to the most advanced care as close to home as possible,” said Richard Tugman, Centra’s Interim CEO. “Through the power of this clinical affiliation, our two health systems will achieve the best care possible in the right location. Moreover, our patients and providers will benefit from this shared experience and expertise.”

A committee, with leaders from both health systems, has been formed to oversee this expanded affiliation. They will continue to explore other opportunities for further collaboration in support of patients in central Virginia.

About the Author:

Kortney joined the 10 News team as a Lynchburg Bureau Reporter in May 2021.